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Darling Harbour

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Address: Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Scenic entertainment complex that features shops, restaurants, museums and...

Scenic entertainment complex that features shops, restaurants, museums and other tourist attractions.

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Lots to do

Excellent area, very busy, lots of restaurants, shops etc. Plenty to do, from walks around the harbour and bridge to the Maritime Museum, Aquarium and the Captain Cook cruises... read more

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Gillingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

Excellent area, very busy, lots of restaurants, shops etc. Plenty to do, from walks around the harbour and bridge to the Maritime Museum, Aquarium and the Captain Cook cruises, you won't be bored. Phew!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW via mobile

Worth a visit, full of people when we went, lots to see and do. Restaurants, street performers, close to China Town and a few free park things for young children to enjoy.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

When I first went to Sydney I didn't know my way around but I would recommend staying around Darling Harbour. Great restaurants and bars. Easy location for picking up ferries or getting to the station. Very bustling with locals and tourists. Feels very safe when travelling alone. Aquarium is at Darling Harbour which was interesting and fun for all ages.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Darling harbor is huge and quite beautiful. There's MANY bars and restaurants and other touristy things to do. This is also one of the start/stop points for many of the harbor cruises. Bring your walking shoes because this place is really big but really fun.

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Thank William S
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Darling Harbour is a tourist trap. There is no shelter from sun or rain, so what do you do? You seek refuge in the over-priced and low-quality restaurants that are scattered across the harbour. True, there's the maritime museum and Imax (which is being refurbished until 2019??), but there is little else to see and do. People come here from... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The area is lovely but busy. Play areas for children, coffee shops and restaurants. Lots of development going on to the rear of the park area and where the cinema was. But this does not distract from this busy bustling area. Lovely to sit and people watch. Marine museum on one side and sea life and other attractions on the... More 

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Plenty to see and do down at Darling Harbour. During the current summer they had set up a beach on the edge of the boardwalk. There's also a Ferris wheel as well as plenty of shops and restaurants. Most of these restaurants cater for kids so it's greatly improved over the last few years. Great place to wander around especially... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Really nice place to spend an evening eating and drinking. Great choice of restaurants but we struggled to get 2 seats on Saturday evening so would reserve a table if visiting on a Saturday.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Well preserved area by the wharf with lots os restaurants and cafes. Good view of the downtown, from the skyline of the buildings. From there, departures some cruises to see the city from the other side. Good to take a walk, eat something and enjoy the day.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a heavily visited area of hotels and restaurants which is a popular stroll. Eat at one of the restaurants till dusk, then climb the steps to the pedestrian bridge to walk over and all along the opposite side. Great view of the harbor in the process, the Maritime Museum, the Aquarium, and the replica of Captain Cook's Endeavour.... More 

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Darling Harbour
The original docklands of Darling Harbour have been transformed into a tourist mecca with entertainment for the whole family. Cockle Bay Wharf offers dining options from budget to upscale and million dollar views of the harbour. Young crowds gather on weekends for nightlife that ranges from salsa clubs to Dj’s. Families can visit the Chinese Gardens of Friendship or the Sydney Aquarium, one of the largest in the world. The Sydney Maritime Museum and the IMAX theatre are also popular attractions. The Harbourside Shopping Centre is a site unto itself, with hundreds of shops, restaurants and bars. On Saturdays in the summer, the city puts on a spectacular fireworks show along the harbour's shore and there are plenty of other free events during the year - Darling Harbour Fiesta, VIVID’s light installations and the Sydney Festival, just to name a few.
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